Peter MacKay warns teen cyberbullies

Justice Minister Peter MacKay unveils a new anti-bullying campaign in Halifax on Jan. 9, 2013....

Justice Minister Peter MacKay unveils a new anti-bullying campaign in Halifax on Jan. 9, 2013. (Kris Sims/QMI Agency)

Kris Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:04 PM ET

HALIFAX - Teens who go toxic online are being warned in a new ad: Spew hate at your classmates and you'll get a visit from the cops.

After the suicides of Amanda Todd in B.C. and Rehtaeh Parsons in Nova Scotia, the federal government drafted a law that would make it a specific crime to send "intimate images" online.

"Before you hit 'send' you have to think about what you're sending and what it might do to somebody else, what it might do to you," Justice Minister Peter MacKay told a packed junior high school gym in Halifax on Thursday.

His wife, Nazanin Afshin-Jam and and their baby son, Kian, attended the event.

"I understand instinctively now what it means to have a child that could be bullied, what it means to have a young person who feels so devastated and so ignored that they could take their own lives," he said.

MacKay said his wife, a former pilot, human rights advocate and beauty queen, also endured the harassment at school.

The new video ad shows several young people sharing an image from cellphone and sniggering.

The final frame shows them all being questioned by cops.

Rehtaeh Parsons hanged herself in April 2013. She told her parents that she had been raped and a photo of the attack had been seen by everyone in her Cole Harbour, N.S., school.

Port Coquitlam, B.C., teen Amanda Todd took her life October 2012 after being tormented online by someone spreading her topless picture.

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